I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University, where I research and teach on American constitutionalism, civil rights, federalism, Washington, DC politics and statehood, and slavery and abolition. I hold a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
My first book, Hidden Laws: How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics, was published in 2021 by Yale University Press. The book proposes that state constitutional reform has addressed national controversies over elections, voting and civil rights, and economic and labor regulation, steering national political development since the founding era.
I have also published on abolitionism, constitutionalism, and social movements in The Journal of Politics, Polity, and The Tulsa Law Review. I have written on these topics, with a special emphasis on DC statehood, in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.